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5 Main Reasons to Hire a New Hampshire DWI Lawyer

  • By: MMM
  • Published: March 1, 2022

Drunk driving, often referred to as driving under the influence (DUI), is illegal and often results in devastating fatalities with severe consequences. In New Hampshire alone, statistical data in 2018 showed the percent of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities of total fatalities in the state was 32.7%, compared to the national average of about 28%. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious crime in New Hampshire that results in financial penalties and jail time in most cases. If you face charges for DWI or DUI, hiring a specialized lawyer skilled in these cases may help you face the charges you are up against and restore your record.

Without an expert attorney, a court-appointed lawyer or choosing self-representation may not give you the best chance at lessening the penalties you face with the evidence against you. Whether you face misdemeanor charges or felony convictions after several offenses, a dedicated legal team can help you. At Shepherd & Hayes Law Firm, our expert DWI attorneys in New Hampshire know the law and bring years of experience in successfully representing clients in the courtroom.

How Does a Lawyer Help Me after a DWI Arrest in New Hampshire?

DWI charges result in severe penalties, even more so for aggravated DUI charges in New Hampshire. A court-appointed lawyer may not have the strategic experience and legal knowledge within their scope for DUI cases. If you choose to represent yourself, it may be very stressful and intimidating for you to face the entire courtroom during your DUI court hearing, especially if you were intoxicated at the time of your arrest and you are regaining your wellbeing.

Skilled DUI attorneys carry years of experience challenging breathalyzer tests, analyzing every case detail, and building successful strategies to help their clients. You can request an administrative license revocation hearing in the first fifteen days. Without the skills and expertise of professional legal teams, you may end up facing the maximum penalties for your case.

Benefits of Hiring a Specialized DUI Attorney

Dealing with DUI charges is frightening and stressful for the individual convicted and their family members and friends. The penalties may depend on the number of offenses you face. However, an expert attorney can fight for you.

A DWI Attorney Knows the Law

A significant benefit of DWI lawyers is their exponential knowledge of the laws, penalties, state programs, breathalyzer test analysis, and other pertinent information related to a DUI case and reaching a verdict. Their knowledge of the different components of your case, as well as a dedication to clients facing these charges, will help you face the courtroom in the best possible way.

They Bring Experience and Expert Advice into the Courtroom

Lawyers are skilled and expert negotiators in a courtroom. No matter what charges you face and what the evidence shows, a qualified attorney aggressively fights for your rights and the best possible outcome in your case. No attorney wants their client to walk away with the maximum penalties in DUI cases, and they negotiate the best possible outcome for their clients to restore their record and reconcile with the law.

They May Help You Reinstate Your License and Lessen Penalties

The charges you may face in a DUI conviction vary depending on misdemeanor or felony-level charges. New Hampshire law clearly outlines drunk driving penalties according to the number of offenses. If convicted, an individual’s charges may be punishable as follows:

  • First offense: No jail time with $500 to $1,200 in penalties and a 9-month to 2-year license suspension.
  • Second offense: Jail time punishable by 17 days to 1 year, or a minimum of 60 days if the second offense is within two years of the first. Fines between $750 and $2,000 and up to 3 years license suspension.
  • Third offense: 180 days to one year of jail time, up to $2,000 in fines, and a lifetime license revocation.

Losing the right to drive a car and going through the process of reinstating a New Hampshire license may bring plenty of hardship to your everyday life. Facing DUI charges can result in losing your job, limit your ability to be around your children, and other essential aspects of your daily life. While many face the full extent of punishable charges in a DUI court case, Shepherd & Hayes Law Firm can help you lessen the penalties with a strategic and aggressive defense.

An Attorney Fights for Your Rights

Every individual is innocent until proven otherwise. This means they have a right to defend themselves in a courtroom. Although, representing yourself in a DUI case may not be the best choice. You don’t have to face the court hearings and proceedings independently. A skilled lawyer defends your rights and helps you reach a desirable outcome.

They Strategize the Best Approach for Your Case

When analyzing a DUI case, legal teams evaluate all the arrest components. This includes what occurred before the arrest, if and how the breathalyzer test was conducted, your past criminal record, as well as the number of offenses you face. Even if it may seem as though there is ample evidence against you, your attorney’s strategy and approach to defending you can sway a verdict and its penalties.

Call Shepherd & Hayes Law Firm for Expert DWI Lawyers in Your New Hampshire Case

At Shepherd & Hayes Law Firm, we understand criminal law and what clients need when they seek legal representation for the charges they face. We are a team of skilled criminal defense attorneys with ample experience in New Hampshire DUI cases. Our dedication has helped previous clients reinstate their licenses, face lesser penalties, and restore their records. No matter if you are facing DUI charges after multiple offenses, or you are an underage individual seeking legal representation after a DWI arrest, give our office a call at (603) 233-1626 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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